Local cops on prime time TV

Contributed by editor on Jan 06, 2005 - 03:49 PM


A TV documentary entitled “Drunk and Dangerous� is due to be shown on BBC 1 on Monday January 10 at 9.00 pm. It shows local police officers enforcing a crackdown on drunkenness and rowdy behaviour.

BBC camera teams accompanied high visibility police patrols in Dover and Folkestone, during the August Bank Holiday last year, to see how officers deal with alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.

South East Kent was one of over 70 policing areas from England and Wales to take part in the summer Alcohol Misuse Enforcement Campaign.

During the operation from July 8th – August 31st 2004 the local officers dealt with 184 incidents and made 105 arrests.

Police in Folkestone, Dover and Deal issued 32 fixed penalty notices for being Drunk and Disorderly in a public place, stopchecked 328 youths, carried out 33 vehicle checks and confiscated alcohol from 50 people, including adults and juveniles.

The Licensing Enforcement Team visited 106 licensed premises to ensure that alcohol was not being sold to under aged youths and that licensees were fulfilling their responsibilities under the relevant regulations.

During the campaign, alcohol-related violent incidents fell by 12 per cent in the town centres, compared to the same period last year.

Operation Kibosh started in May 2004 with high visibility patrols in town centres on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights to deal with alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.

Supt Paul Brandon , Area Commander of South East Kent Police, appears in the documentary and has seen a preview. He said: “The film shows the sorts of incidents that my officers have to deal with every weekend. I think people will be surprised at the sort of grief they have to put up with and the professional way they deal with it.�

He added: “It also shows that Folkestone and Dover do have a vibrant nightlife and that our aim is to work with our crime reduction partners and licensees to make it even safer for people to enjoy.�

Hawkinge Community Safety Forum Agenda 13th January 2005

Contributed by ChrisAshman on Jan 06, 2005 - 02:19 PM


Meeting Thursday 13th January 2005 3pm to 5pm The Community Centre, Hawkinge


1. Introductions

2. Apologies for absence

3. Minutes of the last meeting. 4. Guests

5. HCSF links with the Hawkinge Partnership and Partnership Event 27th January at The Village


6. Matters Arising - (items not o­n the current Agenda) – Public Open Forum

7. Safety in the Local Lanes – Walkers, Horses and Vehicles

8. Letters

9. Report from Neighbourhood Watch

10. Report from Councillors

11. Report from Community Local Warden - Ian Norman

12. Any Other Business

13. Date of Next meeting

Hawkinge Community Safety Forum minutes 11 November 2004

Contributed by editor on Jan 06, 2005 - 01:32 PM


Minutes of Meeting 11th November  2004 at Churchill School

1.    Introductions.

Chris Ashman (Chairman), Ian Norman (Hawkinge Community Warden), Jean McGill (Vice Chair), Terry Scott (Hawkinge Gazette), Brian Marshall, Deidre Lawton, Perry Hayward,  Deidre Ferguson & Jan Doyle (The Hawkinge Partnership), Martin Kennell & Jan Tester (Tesco).

2.    Apologies:

Sally Coleman (Parish & NHW Liaison Officer), PC Trevor Moody, Jackie & Martin Ide (Hawkinge Community Newsletter).

3.    Minutes of last meeting.

Signed by Chairman. Due to meetings being 2 months apart, it was agreed that minutes from meetings would be posted on our webpage at the Hawkinge Gazette once approved as to be accurate by the Chair and 2 members of the forum

4.    Report From Local Police Officer

PC Moody unable to be present due to classes of duty.see Community Warden report. PC Moody will in the future only attend meetings when he is specifically needed or wishes to bring a subject to the forum.

5.    Guests

HCSF welcomed Hawkinge Partnership Manager Deidre Ferguson who introduced the Theme Leaflets “Crime & Community Safetyâ€?  to all.  Indications that Criminal Damage, Anti Social Behaviour and Domestic Violence increased during 2003/2004. The Partnership wishes to work with residents associations, Neighbourhood Watch and improve links and cooperation between community, police and other agencies. The Partnership looks to the possibility of HCSF being a direct link as a sub-group. The Parnership office buildings are to be built next to Tesco and will be manned by Deidre and an office manager as a communication and help point linking the village and agencies. The needs of the village and funding of required projects wil be directed from the offices which are due to be launched 2nd April 2005.

An event for villagers and groups interested in forming sub-groups will be held at the Village Hall  from 2.30 to 8pm on 27th January 2005. Further information 01303 852321.

6.    Letters Ref. School Safety, Parking in Village - Tesco

Chris Introduced Martin Kennell by giving a resume of the problems surrounding the Tesco “One Stop Shop� referring to the forum letter written 2nd August 2004 to Cllr. David Callahan - Cllr. Peter Smith, Phillapa Janaway ( KCC Road Safety Officer) - The Rt. Hon. Michael Howard QC MP - Brian McAndrew (Chief Executive SDC) - Robert Beck ( Highways SDC) - John Palmer (County Member) - Cllr. Christena Smith - Cllr. Richard King KCC - Jan Doyle (Chair, Hawkinge Neighbourhood Management Partnership).

Martin gave a short talk upon the improvements already made by himself and his policy concerning intimidation to his customers by groups of youths and sales of alcohol, The situation has improved since his appointment as manager of the store.  Martin agreed that there was a concern about timing of the stores’ delivery vehicles clashing with school busses and dropping-off and collection of children at the primary school, he said he will look into it. Martin felt sure that Tesco would cooperate with the village about delivery arrangements and would appreciate alternatives as the village changes. Perry said that Tesco delivery vehicles were double parked out side of the shop one morning last week causing obstruction to through traffic.

7.    Open Forum - Matters Arising.

Jan Tester asked if Crosskeys could be asked to change their collection and pick-up point for Pent Valley and Brockhill School to the bottom of Aerodrome Road as over 50% of the children come from that direction, this would reduce congestion. The rear of the Community Centre was also suggested as an alternative. Cllr. Peter Smith had already said at a previous meeting that he would talk to Education authorities about the problem but he has not reported back to the forum. Ian said he will attempt to find answers to the pick-up points problem above by talking to the Education Office. Perry concerned about the danger to horse riders in the lanes around the village, particularly Gibraltar Lane and Elvington Lane. Signs needed. Residents at the double bends on Gibraltar Lane have already seen some nasty accidents. The bends and are at the junction of a popular throughway for riders.

8.    Reports from Neighbourhood Watch

Sally Coleman was unfortunately able to attend this evening.
The New Neighbourhood Watch Executive for Hawkinge is Peter Broom.

9.    Reports from Councillors

No councillors attended the meeting.

10.    Report from Community Warden

Although problems with village youth has been a concern over the past year, it is only the select few that cause trouble and are in general known. There have been as many as 8 calls per week due to problems at Tesco. Crime is rapidly decreasing in Hawkinge. Cycling Proficiency Classes are being held regularly at both of the schools. The Partnership will have a “Youth Sub Group� to look into the needs of these children. Parts of Hawkinge are designated as Designated Dispersal Areas where those causing obstruction and nuisance can be dealt with and a curfew for young children is imposed. This restriction is not permanent. Ian promised a full breakdown of crime figures at the next meeting.

11.    Any other business.
Attendees of the recent Parish Council meeting revealed that it appears that the Village Hall car park does not belong to the Village Hall, but to SDC,  Chris welcomed the news as it may now be possible to get the car park repaired and made a homogenous part of the Village. It is noted that current parking arrangement on the A260 restricts the view of drivers leaving the Village Hall car park.

12.    Next Meeting.

Thursday 13th January Hawkinge Community Centre  3pm to 5pm

All villagers and organisations are invited to bring their safety concerns to the forum.

Man dies in Lydden crash

Contributed by editor on Jan 06, 2005 - 12:01 AM


One man has died following a four vehicle crash on the coastbound carriageway of the A2 near to the Lydden traffic lights.

The accident, this afternoon (5 January) closed the road for more than 5 hours while police investigations were carried out.

One of the cars involved in the crash with two other cars and a lorry, landed in a ditch.

Police have said that no one else was injured.

Big star signed by Hawkinge record boss

Contributed by editor on Jan 04, 2005 - 10:12 PM


Hawkinge record company boss Chris Ashman has just signed Pop Idol star, soul singer Rik Waller to his Red Admiral record label.
Since reaching the top ten in ITV1’s “Pop Idol“ and appearances on BBC’s “Top of The Pops�, Rik has been busy as a media celebrity and working towards his real ambition to be recognised as a great natural soul singer.

Chris said: "Along with associates we have re-launched Rik as the soul artiste he really is".
Picture courtesy Red Admiral Records
Rik Waller's Mighty Soul Band will be performing the songs Rik had always wanted to sing, including classics made famous by Otis Redding, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Sam and Dave and Jackie Wilson together with many brand new songs.

Rik from Gillingham, and his ten piece Soul band are in negotiations for a national tour in 2005 to promote their album "Innocence" which is due to be released in March.

Chris, whose company specialises in local bands said: "Local band is not a dirty word here, every popstar is somebody's next door neighbour".


No to dual carriageway angers businessmen

Contributed by editor on Jan 03, 2005 - 07:40 PM


Business leaders in Dover have complained to the Transport Minister after finding the A2 is not to be made dual carriageway between Dover and Lydden.

Members want the road  widened with passenger and car numbers expected to double in the next 30 years.

Business leaders think the town will struggle to cope without improved transport infrastructure.

In the letter to Department of Transport minister Tony McNulty, they said the A20 at Townwall Street, which takes traffic to the Eastern and Western Docks also needs urgent upgrading.

Although some commuter services from Kent into London will run on the High Speed Rail Link, Dover has been left out as one of the domestic station stops.

The rail link is due to open in 2007, with new 140mph trains operating on the line from 2009.

Tsunami victim to be buried in Shepway

Contributed by editor on Jan 03, 2005 - 07:16 PM


The mother of a man missing from a Thai resort since the tsunami devastated the area wants him buried in Lympne.

The body of 29 year old Jez Stephens, from Norwich, who had not been seen since Christmas Day, was found in a temple in Krabi, Thailand.

Linda Lilley, Jez Stephen's mother wants to bring his body home so he can be buried at St Richard's Church in Lympne, near Hythe, where he had spent his childhood.

Mr Stephens, moved to Norwich five years ago with his wife Emma. He had been on the last week of a three-week holiday on the island of Phi Phi when the earthquake struck.

Show reaches the heights

Contributed by editor on Jan 02, 2005 - 08:28 PM


The Kent Medway Group of the Alpine Garden Society are to host the Kent National Show, in March.

Regarded as one of the leading shows in the Alpine Gardening calendar, exhibitors will be travelling from across the country to attend the show on 19 March 2005  at  Rainham High School for Girls in Highfield Road, Rainham.

The show opens at 10.00am and visitors will  see plants from all over the World and  learn the secrets of growing alpines by talking to the professionals.

Plants, not normally found in Garden Centres will be available and there is to be an artistic section with an Alpine plant bias. Refreshments will be available throughout the day, and ample free parking with easy access from the M2 should make for an enjoyable and informative day.

Further information, contact - David Hoare 01303 862913

Police hunt after fatal crash

Contributed by editor on Jan 02, 2005 - 06:29 PM


Police are searching for two men following a fatal road crash on New Years Day.

A 24year old man was killed and another man was injured when the Peugeot in which they were travelling overturned in Westcourt Road, Shepherdswell near Dover at 10.30pm.

Kent Police said that four men had been in the car when it overturned. Two men fled the scene and are being sought by officers.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact Kent Police.

Landlords hit by 80% Council Tax hike

Contributed by editor on Jan 01, 2005 - 04:15 PM


Dover Council is to cut the discount of Council Tax on second and empty homes from 50% to just 10%.

The local authority is committed to bringing empty properties back into use, and grants may be available to renovate empty properties for letting. A private sector leasing scheme has also been developed with a local Housing Association, which offers a complete management service for rented properties.

The changes  are due to be implemented on 1 April 2005.

Landlords will have to pay 80% more council tax on their empty properties and Dover Council are hoping this will encourage them to put more houses up for letting. Owners of second homes will also be liable for the increase.

For more information on Council Tax discounts, please call the Revenue and Benefits Team on (01304) 872155 or 872158. For more information on empty property grants or related issues, please contact the Private Sector Housing Team on (01304) 872225 or log onto